All That Jazz at Talking Stick

Jazz Chisholm (2015 IFA - Bahamas - $200K bonus) drilled two triples and an RBI single and scored a run and RHSP Pierce Romero tossed three innings of shutout ball, as the Diamondbacks edged the Cubs 3-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action Saturday morning on Ramada Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.

Marcus Mastrobuoni doubled twice, walked, and scored a run and Kevonte Mitchell singled twice, stole a base, and scored a run for the Cubs in a losing cause. 

Mitchell also turned-in the Defensive Play of the Game, an inning-ending run-saving diving catch on the warning track in right-centerfield in the top of the 3rd. He also started an 8-6-2 relay that cut-down a runner at home who was attempting to score from 2nd base on a double off the CF Batter's Eye (the runner went back to 2nd base to tag up before realizing that the ball was carrying over Mitchell's head, thanks to a nice catch-fake by one-time HS hoops star Mitchell). 

On the negative side, Mitchell was thrown out 7-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on a line-drive single to LF with two outs in the top of the 1st, thus making the third out of the inning at 3rd base.

So I guess you have to take the good with the bad.  

EXST Cubs RBI leader Isaac Paredes (2015 IFA - Mexico - $800K bonus) started his second consecutive game at 3B (he also played there in the intrasquad game on Thursday). It's very likely that he will eventually move to 3B (one scout who has been following the EXST Cubs projects Paredes as a catcher!), so the process to move him from SS to 3B may already have started. Paredes (who just turned 17 in February) is a VERY slow runner, but he has plus-HR & XBH power, he doesn't strike out a lot for a power-hitter (10% K-rate), and he has soft hands and a strong arm at SS (committing only one error so far in 15 Cactus League EXST games).   

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-4 (4-3, 2B, 5-3, K)
2. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 0-4 (4-3, L-7, 4-3, K)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 2-4 (1B, 1B, E-6, F-8, R, SB)
4. Isaac Paredes, 3B: 1-4 (1B, K, 5-3, 6-3)
5. Alberto Mineo, C-DH: 0-3 (BB, 6-3, K, K, RBI)
6. Marcus Mastrobuoni, 1B: 2-3 (F-9, 2B, 2B, BB, R)
7. Roberto Caro, DH #1: 0-3 (F-7, 1-3, K, BB)
8. Kwang-Min Kwon, LF: 1-3 (P-5, HBP, 6-3, 1B)
9. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 1-4 (4-3, K, 1B, K, RBI, CS)
10. Eric Gonzalez, DH-C: 1-3 (6-3, K, 1B) 

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Manny Rondon: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 2/3 GO/AO, 61 pitches (37 strikes) 
2. Andry Rondon: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 41 pitches (27 strikes) 
3. Jose Leidenz: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (19 strikes) 
4. Tommy Nance: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 1 
SS Yeiler Peguero: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS
CF Kevonte Mitchell - runner thrown out 8-6-2 attempting to score from 2nd base on double off CF Batter's Eye 

CUBS BASERUNNING ADVENTURES
Kevonte Mitchell - thrown out 7-5 atempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on two-out line-drive single to LF 

ATTENDANCE: 19 

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's  

Comments

Why is Victorino on the Temp. Inactive List?

Tommy Birch ‏@TommyBirch 4m4 minutes ago Shane Victorino's locker at Principal Park is cleared out. #Cubs #MiLB

*tumbleweeds* wonder if he was released to retire or to try to latch on with someone else...

Carrie Muskat Verified account ‏@CarrieMuskat Shane Victorino was released. Will have more details later. He was on Iowa #Cubs roster

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  • QuietMan 1 hour 19 min ago (view)

    Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,

     

  • George Altman 1 hour 33 min ago (view)

    Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.

     

  • Mike Wellman 3 hours 42 min ago (view)

    I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!

    i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.

     

  • Charlie 4 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.

    He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.

    That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022. 

     

  • crunch 17 hours 56 min ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.

    boo.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 41 min ago (view)

    I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.

     

  • Charlie 19 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 50 min ago (view)

    I feel pretty safe in saying that 1. They don’t want him and 2. If they did, things wouldn’t improve for CJ.

    Allowing inherited runners and 1-2 of your own in a close game is what I like to call the “Carl Jr Special.” It was formerly a Justin Grimm special, thankfully Carl stepped up to fill that void.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 58 min ago (view)

    there's always nick castellanos for a chance to rid of edwards...at which point a couple month rental will probably turn edwards into their ace closer or something just as awesome.

     

  • Eric S 20 hours 58 min ago (view)

    The bitter side of me thinks it should have been a two for one trade for Maldonado 

    Anyways, has not been a clean series for the Cubs against the Padres - fortunate to have won the series and a 7-2 home stand is a pretty big dill. Or deal. Or something

     

  • crunch 21 hours 4 min ago (view)

    edwards gonna edwards...blah

     

  • bradsbeard 22 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Thanks for the clarification. Guess we’ll find out what he’s going to do sooner than later. 

     

  • crunch 23 hours 36 min ago (view)

    delay over, game on.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    And if Zobrist were to consent to an Optional Assignment to the minors for the purpose of getting into playing shape, it could very well be to AA Tennessee (close to his home in Nashville) rather than to AAA Iowa. He might even just play home games for the Smokies and then work out on his own while they are on the road.